A young mother was killed by an express train after jumping on to kids train tracks sets tracks to retrieve her mobile phone. Charlene Pickering, 23, was arguing with boyfriend Daniel Pickett when she dropped the handset. It bounced several times on the platform before falling on to the tracks. Mr Pickett begged her to get back on to the platform, but his pleas came too late as she was hit by a train travelling at 60mph.
Miss Pickering, from West Molesey, Surrey, was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident at Wimbledon station in south-west London at 7. She leaves behind a four-year-old son, Toby. Before the accident, Miss Pickering and Mr Pickett had been to watch Chelsea beat Portsmouth in an FA Cup football match. Police and rail bosses are studying CCTV images, which are thought to have captured the full horror of what happened. The CCTV footage shows a young woman and her boyfriend arguing. She dropped her mobile phone which bounced on to the platform and on to the track. She jumped down and got hit at 60mph.
The boyfriend was shouting at her not to jump down. We believe at this stage that the woman went on to the tracks to retrieve her mobile phone before being struck by the train. This appears to have been a tragic accident and our thoughts remain with the woman’s family at this very difficult and sad time for them. However, Miss Pickering’s step-father Guy Pollington said last night that the family did not believe she was looking for her phone.